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Robert Watson Appointed General Manager Of Hilton Austin
April 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Hilton Worldwide today announced the promotion of Robert Watson to the general manager position of Hilton Austin. Watson will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 800-room property, the largest hotel in the city, with 80,000 square feet of meetings space. Located in the heart downtown and adjacent to the Austin Convention Center, the hotel is a short walk to the State Capitol, the historic 6th Street Entertainment District, and a number of notable museums, restaurants and other attractions. Robert will report to Area Vice President, Andy Slater.
"We are very pleased to welcome Robert to his new position at Hilton Austin," said Slater. "Robert brings with him a strong management background and I am confident he will be a tremendous asset to this business and leisure hotel."
For the past six years, Watson has served as general manager of Hilton Omaha, Nebraska's largest hotel. While there, he oversaw the hotel's extensive transformation including a 150-guest room expansion and new meetings and special events space. Previously, Watson was general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa Downtown from 2003 - 2007; during his tenure the hotel was twice awarded the ‘Star of the Industry' award as the Outstanding Community Service Hotel of the Year from American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). Prior to that, he held similar positions at DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa - Warren Place as well as the Embassy Suites -Tulsa.
Watson has been active in both local and national hospitality organizations and has been recognized for his civic leadership and community service involvement. He is a current AH&LA board member and has served as president of Metropolitan Hospitality Association (Omaha). Additionally, he has held board positions with the Oklahoma Hotel Motel Association, Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Omaha Sports Commission, Nebraska Hotel and Motel Association, to name a few. A native Tulsan, he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, where he majored in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
"Hilton Austin is a great hotel and I look forward to relocating to such a beautiful and progressive city along with my wife Tasha and daughter Paige," said Watson. "We will also enjoy being closer to my son, Jarred, also in hospitality, who lives and works in Dallas."
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